After examining the contents of the pantry, I realized there were enough ingredients to make homemade granola. It’s not exactly healthy, but I’d like to think it’s at least healthy-ish.
Doug liked it - especially served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Feel free to add your favorite spices, nuts, or dried fruit to the mix to jazz things up!
|Homemade Apple-Spice Granola Bars|
Yields 16-18 pieces
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ to 1/3 cup loosely packed light brown sugar
2 to 3 Tbsp. maple syrup, honey, agave syrup, or brown rice syrup
2 medium apples, washed, cored, unpeeled and grated – excess moisture squeezed out
2 cups instant oats (4 to 5 pouches)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ tsp. ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional additions: 2 to 3 Tbsp. of chopped nuts, seeds, or dried fruit for a different flavor.
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°- 375° F, depending on your oven.
Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, making sure there is excess paper hanging over the 2 long sides; set aside.
In a small saucepan melt the butter with the sugar, and syrup (or honey) over medium heat, stirring, until the butter is melted. Remove from the heat.
|Granola done baking|
To store: The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. They can also be tightly individually wrapped in plastic wrap.